Our Current Project
At least 60,000 elderly people in care homes in England are living in "social isolation", according to a survey conducted by the Relatives and Residents Association (R&RA). The study also found that limited communication with family members contributed to residents’ loneliness.
Residents within care homes are often overlooked and can very easily become forgotten members of their community. These same users are also often neglected within loneliness figures and outreach support. At present there are very little resources that directly benefit residents wellbeing and continued support with loneliness within care homes even though the problem still remains at large. The perception of numerous visits from family and friends can often disguise the issue of loneliness within care homes as this fortunate social connection is often only visible for the select few. Care home support staff are often required to deliver solely on general care needs, again neglecting the personalised communicative elements of a users social existence.
Our Previous Projects
INFORMATION PRESCRIPTION'S PROJECT
AgeTrust worked with the Guideposts Trust to develop, deliver and evaluate health, social care and wellbeing Information Prescriptions for GPs – a programme very highly rated in evaluation by Deloitte. Information Prescriptions give GPs the ability to offer people dealing with long term conditions, and their families, ways to get the support and help they need. This is not just hand over a pile of leaflets and wish you good luck - it’s a real support system letting you know who can help with each problem, often right where you are. IPs began with dementia and diabetes, and can now be applied to any condition.
PRIMARY CARE NAVIGATOR PROJECT
AgeTrust co-developed for the National Association of Primary Care and delivered Primary Care Navigator (PCN) trainings for non-clinical staff in London and nationwide. PCNs are GP surgery and community pharmacy staff trained to guide people to the widest range of local and national help we need to prevent illness, prevent trouble and crisis when we are ill, and increase wellbeing. Health Education England partnered this work for Alzheimer’s and Dementia, co-funded with a grant to Agetrust from the Department of Health. Diabetes support was next and now carries on, with the NAPC extending these programmes to other long term conditions.
POST-DIAGNOSTIC SUPPORT GROUP
AgeTrust acted as part of the Department of Health Post-Diagnostic Support Group. At the end of 2015 the Secretary of State for Health wrote to thank us for our “leadership, support and commitment” in this regard and said “Your determination to improve the lives of people with dementia has driven a step change in responding to dementia and provides a solid platform on which together we can build for the future.”
DEMENTIA ACTION ALLIANCE PROJECT
AgeTrust led and co-funded the Dementia Action Alliance action group on post-diagnostic support. We have been a substantial contributor to the DAA, an organisation which includes the Department of Health, NHS England, local authorities, leading charities and businesses. As part of leading the action group Agetrust has delivered two commissioned DAA / Department of Health reports on how to best help people after a diagnosis and their carers, and what the situation is now.